Before my boycott of Target (Okay, this project is from waaaaaaay back in November of 2013.. I’m not the fastest blogger in the world), I had been browsing around their frame department and I saw this frame that I thought was really darling:
So when I was at the thrift store and saw this frame (in all it’s ugly 1988 mauve and teal goodness) i knew it would be perfect.
And since it was only $3.50, even if it didn’t work out, it was worth the risk.
The first thing I did was remove the artwork and the glass (and believe it or not, you want to save this *cough* *cough* beautiful matted print.. you will need it later.
I used a box cutter to slice though the paper backing and expose the staples that were holding everything in place
For some reason, this frame had like 10,000 of them:
You can either remove of bend back the staples (you will need at least some of them to re-insert your backing board)
Eventually, when you get enough removed or bent back you can remove the backer board/artwork and glass:
You will be left with an empty frame, which is perfect for a photo op:
The inspiration frame was black, but I knew this was destined for the baby’s nursery, so I chose white (it is actually the same color at the trim paint):
Next I used spray adhesive (you also could use mod podge) to attach a piece of scrap burlap to the backer board.
I wanted my fame to be rustic and a little ‘nautical’ but if you want a more polished look, like the Target inspiration, you could use a fine line or even pretty paper.
Next I attached a piece of twine (again for the rustic look, if you wanted the look of the Target version, you could use wire or even black electrical line):
You need to make sure the line is taught so when you attach your photos you don’t have them sagging too low. Also make sure the attachment points are higher than halfway up since you photos need to hang BELOW them:
Once the line is strung, you can return the backer board/artwork to the frame and push down all the staples to secure it:
If you have any bubbles in the burlap, or it isn’t sitting nicely in the frame, you can use a putty knife to smooth it out:
Finally you need some binder clips. The office supply store has all sorts of colors, but I chose these super shiny stainless steel ones:
And that is all there is to it. Attached your photos evenly down the ‘clothesline’ and you are ready to go:
I actually ended up not using the frame for photos, but for some little nautical flags which spell out “J-O-S-H” in the baby’s bedroom (I’ll have a tutorial on those soon..) but I think it is cute either way.
And not a bad alternative to Target’s version, but for only $5!